Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Excellent backlit keyboard
  • Very long battery life

Cons

  • Resolution limited to 1600 by 900
  • Only one USB 3.0 port
  • A little heavy for its size

At A Glance

This is one of the most affordable Ultrabooks we’ve seen, and the compromises Lenovo made to get there are not showstoppers by any stretch.

Manufacturer’s Description

Whether you're on the road, at the cafe, or on the way to class, at just 1.89kg (4.17 lbs) and 20.8mm (0.82") thick, the U430 Touch won't weigh you down. Stop worrying about your battery: With the IdeaPad U430 Touch, you can enjoy up to 10 hours of use between charges. Lenovo Energy Management protects the long-term durability of the battery and uses advanced energy-saving technology to increase time spent between charges.

Manufacturer’s Website

Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5-4200U
Processor speed 1600.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Display
Display size 14.0 inches
Touchscreen Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1600 x 900 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD 4400
Storage
Drive 1 size 500.0 GB
Drive 1 type Hard Disk Drive
Drive 1 speed 5400.0 RPM
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • Line In 1/8
  • Line Out 1/8
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory
Memory size 4.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 13.26 inches
Depth 9.21 inches
Height 0.81 inches
Weight 4.16 pounds
Weight with Accessories 4.6 pounds
Storage Media
SD card Yes
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Home
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
  • Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 199.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery
Battery Life 6:38   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 12.3   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 2088.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2415.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 2990.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 162.1   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 257.7   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 332.6   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 238.5   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 283.7   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
3DMark, Firestrike 530.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 3826.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Ice Storm 30181.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 252.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 37.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 13.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 2.4   Watt hours
Idle power usage 14.5   Watts